Job placement and careers
ENSAE Paris graduates are identified by employers for their ability to exploit data by combining a high level of technical mastery with excellent knowledge of the application fields (economic modeling, finance, insurance, social sciences, quantitative marketing, etc.). They are thus both data experts and generalists with a broad vision capable of interacting with a variety of profiles and contributing to decision-making. More than ever, these skills meet the needs of companies (exponential increase in available data in all sectors and the need to use this information for decision-making), as surveys of professionals regularly attest.
ENSAE Paris graduates are called upon to work as executives in service and industrial sectors where scientific innovation is preponderant, whether in the private sector or in the public sphere, such as banks and insurance companies, large companies in the energy and transportation sectors, consulting firms, polling and research institutes, ministries, regulatory authorities, and French or international public organizations. They are present in all fields where economic and statistical modeling is a strategic issue.
In the digital age, the prospects for graduates are multiplied by the increasingly intensive production and use of data in all sectors of activity, well beyond the traditional outlets in the banking, insurance, finance and consulting sectors. More and more young graduates are now turning to entrepreneurship, particularly in relation to the exploitation of massive data.
Illustration with the ENSAE Class of 2021
Survey of ENSAE Paris engineering graduates on their integration into the job market, conducted in 2022 according to the methodology of the CGE (Conférence des grandes écoles) among the graduates of the last three classes.
The net employment rate, calculated excluding thesis and further studies, remains very high for ENSAE Paris engineering graduates, at 96% for the class of 2021. It had barely decreased (to 94%) the previous year due to the Covid crisis.
89% of the 2021 graduates are currently employed in the private sector, compared to 10% in the public sector and 1% self-employed.
In terms of sector of activity for their first position, these graduates are very much focused on the consulting and studies sector (34%) which, along with financial and insurance activities (26%), are strong points of ENSAE Paris. They are also present in the IT and information services sectors (18%), government, local authorities and hospitals (7%), teaching, research and scientific development (7%), and finally, in a smaller number of cases, in the energy sector (3%), transport and telecommunications (3%).
Thesis pursuit concerns 17% of young graduates.
It should be noted that the scope of these surveys excludes ENSAE graduates who were already civil servants at the time of entry, thus underestimating the proportion of ENSAE graduates who subsequently hold positions in government agencies.
ENSAE graduates are still quickly integrated into the job market. In the last graduating class, 94% of our employed graduates found their job less than 3 months after leaving the school.
For 72% of employed graduates, the contract was signed even before graduation.
The share of graduates who start their careers abroad, mainly in the United Kingdom (7%) and to a lesser extent in the United States, Germany, Canada, China and Italy, is 17% for the class of 2021.
In total, over the last three graduating classes, 16% of our alumni are currently working abroad.
The salaries of ENSAE Paris graduates remain among the highest of the major engineering schools.
For the 2021 graduating class, the average gross annual salary, including bonuses, is €61,000. Of course, graduates' salaries vary significantly depending on the sector of activity, the job they do, and their location. The figures in the survey reflect the fluctuations in these factors from one year to the next, which reflect the choice of graduates (private or public, finance, consulting or research, France or international...).
For graduates of the class of 2021 in their first position in France, the average gross annual salary with bonuses is €47,700, well above the average for CGE schools (€39,800). This gross annual salary is €46,600 on average for women, compared to €48,400 for men (differences that again at least partially reflect differences in job characteristics).
For young graduates taking their first international job, the average gross annual salary with bonuses is €130,400 for the last class, again with a high degree of variability.
Finally, the satisfaction rate given to their job by the graduates of the last three classes who are currently working, remains very high at over 86% (graduates satisfied or very satisfied with the job they have).
Discover the career paths of some of our alumni among our testimonials.